Arab League To Meet On Iran at Saudi Request

Arab League to meet on Iran at Saudi request: Diplomats

Arab League To Meet On Iran at Saudi Request

Iran swiftly dismissed French President Emmanuel Macron's call for talks relating to Tehran's ballistic missiles program.

"We have told French leaders on several occasions that the Iran nuclear deal is not negotiable and that no other issues can be included in the text" of the agreement, the semiofficial Mehr news agency quoted ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi as saying on November 11.

"There are negotiations we need to start on Iran's ballistic missiles", Macron said.

US President Donald Trump has railed against the multiparty pact, negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama, for being too lenient on Iran and failing to deny it leeway to develop its missile program and expand its regional influence, issues that all the parties to the deal agreed to exclude from the nuclear negotiations and the pact.

Washington has also called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two United Nations security Council resolutions.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

In his interview with the Time magazine, Macron also appeared to be supporting Washington's position on Iran's ballistic missile capabilities.

Saudi Arabia heaped on additional the accusations, stating that Iran supplied weapons to the Houthi rebels.

Tehran expects Paris to remain "realistic, fair and farsighted" when it comes to the sensitive developments in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf regions, Qassemi underlined.

"We maintain that France should responsibly convince its regional allies in the Persian Gulf region to adopt sensible policies", he continued.

Saudi Arabia has also confirmed the launch, saying, however, that its air defense intercepted the missile, bringing it down north of the airport.

"There are extremely strong concerns about Iran".

Saudi Arabia has urged the Arab League (AL) to hold an urgent meeting of Arab foreign ministers on what it calls Iran's interventions in the region, informed sources said.

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